Links of the Week

  1. 5 reasons men cheat and how to stay faithful. This is based on a Gallup study and put out by Men’s Health. Interesting how biblical there 5 ways to stay faithful are and some good stuff to think about. The best thing Katie and I have done besides a weekly date night is setting up boundaries.
  2. Andy Crouch on the Ten most significant cultural trends of the last decade. Huge implications to ministry in the church as we try to reach the culture.
  3. Living gospel centered. You need to read this post.
  4. Watch this great video with Scott Thomas and Jeff Vanderstelt talking about what living on mission looks like.
  5. Trevin Wax on Reframing the discussion on homosexuality and the Bible. This is one of the best things I’ve read on this topic. Wow.
  6. Rest and the pastor’s soul.
  7. C.J. Mahaney on What the bible says about productivity. This was a really helpful thing for me, lots of great things in this short e-book.
  8. Luke Simmons on Leadership development. Luke is a good friend and has been to Revolution several times to preach and he has some great insights.
  9. Perry Noble on 6 steps to overcoming obesity Part 1 and Part 2. I’ve shared my journey and struggle with my weight before and Perry is right on when he says being overweight is a spiritual issue first.
  10. 17 signs of a fast growing church.
  11. John Starke on Teaching children the gospel in everyday prayers.
  12. Church trends with Jim Tomberlin. This has been a great series by Tony Morgan on what leaders see as the coming trends in church, this one in particular caught my eye.

Vintage Jesus

We just finished our series on the book of Titus called Convergence.  This sunday we will start a brand new servintage-jesus.jpgvintage-jesus.jpgies called Vintage Jesus.  We will spend the month of December looking at different questions that people have about Jesus and what the Bible has to say about them.  The series will go:

Dec. 2:  How Did People Know Jesus was Coming?

Dec. 9:  Where was Jesus Before He Came?

Dec. 16:  Did Jesus’ Mom Need to be a Virgin?

Dec. 23:  Why Did Jesus Come to Earth?

Dec. 30:  What Difference has Jesus Made in History?

Below are some interesting quotes from different people about Jesus:

  • Mahatma Gandhi: “I cannot say that Jesus was uniquely divine. He was as much God as Krishna, or Rama, or Mohammed, or Zoroaster.”
  • Adolf Hitler: “In boundless love as a Christian and as a man I read
    through the passage which tells us how the Lord at last rose in His
    might and seized the scourge to drive out of the Temple the brood of
    vipers and adders. How terrific was His fight for the world against the
    Jewish poison.”
  • Larry King “was once asked who he would most want to interview if he
    could choose anyone from all of history. He said, ‘Jesus Christ.’ The
    questioner said, ‘And what would you like to ask Him?’ King replied, ‘I
    would like to ask Him if He was indeed virgin-born. The answer to that
    question would define history for me.’”
  • John Lennon: “Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I
    needn’t argue with that; I’m right and I will be proved right. We’re
    more popular than Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first—rock and
    roll or Christianity.
  • Carlos Mencia: “You know what, I became more Christian after I saw
    the movie [The Da Vinci Code] because, I, you know, as a Christian, I
    was like, you know, Jesus died for our sins he suffered. But now that I
    know that he’s married, I’m like, wow, did he really suffer. Poor guy.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche: “Jesus died too soon. If he had lived to my age
    he would have repudiated his doctrine.”
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau: “Socrates died like a philosopher; Jesus
    Christ died like a God.”
  • Joseph Smith: “Mormonism is the pure doctrine of Jesus Christ; of
    which I myself am not ashamed.”
  • Mark Twain: “If Christ were here now there is one thing he would not
    be—a Christian.”
  • H. G. Wells: “I am a historian, I am not a believer, but I must
    confess as a historian that this penniless preacher from Nazareth is
    irrevocably the very center of history. Jesus Christ is easily the most
    dominant figure in all history.”
  • Oprah Winfrey: “There couldn’t possibly be just one way . . .” [Lady
    in the audience: “What about Jesus?”] “What about Jesus? . . . Does God
    care about your heart or does God care about if you call his son